Wakefield Wildcats: Ben Cockayne to open talks with Hull KR after Wildcats accept ‘good’ fee

ROVERS RETURN? Wakefield have accepted an offer from Hull KR for Ben Cockayne.
ROVERS RETURN? Wakefield have accepted an offer from Hull KR for Ben Cockayne.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have accepted an offer from Hull KR for wing wizard Ben Cockayne.

Rovers have been chasing their former player for a number of months and have now agreed a “good fee” with cash-strapped Wildcats after having numerous bids rejected.

Wakefield are in need of £400,000 of investment to balance the books and the possible sale of Cockayne, coming hot-on-the-heels of Tim Smith’s departure to Salford City Reds, would help the club financially.

But Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says a move is far from complete with the 30-year-old yet to agree terms on a return to Craven Park.

“The club have agreed terms on a fee for Ben Cockayne, which is a good fee in fairness to Hull KR so that’s left to Benny now to see whether he wants to make the move,” said the Wakefield boss.

“He’ll have to discuss his own personal terms and then take stock of where he’s at with us, if there’s a possibility of an extension with us and I suppose the monetary remuneration and the length of contract Hull KR are prepared to offer him. They’ve agreed terms but it’s far from a done deal yet.”

He added: “The club have had what they feel is an acceptable offer put to them where they can utilise that cash in a positive manner given the current situation so Benny is absolutely not being forced out of the door and as always we’ve had constant dialogue with Benny all the way through it.”

Agar also confirmed interest in prop Kyle Amor from a number of clubs but Wildcats have yet to receive any formal bids for the Cumbrian.

Chris Tuson, who earlier this season agreed a move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium from Wigan Warriors for 2014, has been in contact with Agar over the club’s current financial position and the Wildcats boss says it is up to the player to decide if he still wants to complete the move.

See Friday’s Express for more.